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Help me spend $20 at Starbucks

gtrekker2003 Jan 8, 2009 04:06 AM

I never drink coffee at Starbucks. But I got a $20 gift card for them and want to spend it well.
I typically like more flavoured, sweet but not too sweet, coffees. I think some Starbucks' have desserts and sandwiches, right?

Anything that is recommended? Anybody try the sandwiches?

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  1. MMRuth Jan 8, 2009 04:12 AM

    I haven't had any desserts at Starbucks that I thought were worth the calories. They do sell French Presses, etc., if you might have a need for one of those.

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    1. re: MMRuth
      Emmmily Feb 20, 2009 05:48 AM

      Their desserts aren't bad (not great, but not bad), but ever since NYC passed a law requiring chains to post calorie counts... one look at those numbers and I stick to just a cup of tea. I'm not a calorie counter, but damn...

      1. re: Emmmily
        ekdd Feb 20, 2009 11:41 PM

        I agree with emily. desserts arent close to worth the calories .........unless i havent eaten the whole day (when you always make the wrong choices)

    2. goodhealthgourmet Jan 8, 2009 04:52 AM

      as MMRuth pointed out, they also sell French presses, as well as mugs, and bags of whole-bean coffee if that's more useful for you.

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        DCLindsey Jan 8, 2009 05:11 AM

        For about $20, you can get a travel mug with a french press. I have one (not from Starbucks) and take it traveling with me, so I only need hot water to make better coffee.

        1. im_nomad Jan 8, 2009 05:30 AM

          what about teas? Do you drink tea?

          My most favorite at-home coffee mugs are my starbucks mugs though.....if it were me, i'd spend it on that !

          1. rockandroller1 Jan 8, 2009 07:27 AM

            No food I've had there is worth paying for, particularly the desserts which come in in a cardboard box on cardboard trays.

            I would buy their ONE brand of fair trade coffee with it and make it at home, but that's just me.

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              Cathy Jan 8, 2009 08:11 AM

              The bakery and sandwich items are prepared locally, not nationally (so they will be fresh daily) although a lot seem to follow a national recipe. It might be best to ask that specific question on your own Board.

              In addition to coffees, (flavored and iced and variations thereof) they have teas (flavored and iced and variations thereof) and hot cocoas and "Viviano" beverages (one whole banana and fruit juices and protein and fiber)..

              1. Jasz Jan 11, 2009 09:38 PM

                I'm a big fan of the pumpkin loaf and I also like their oat-fudge bars and chocolate-caramel pretzels. The hot chocolates and steamed milks are good, flavoured if you like, as are the iced teas which you can get sweetened or not. If you do drink coffee products, the vanilla latte or mocha might be up your alley. Some of my local locations also sell little cartons of organic chocolate milk that is really good.

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                1. re: Jasz
                  Jasz Jan 12, 2009 05:43 PM

                  I forgot about the chocolate-covered graham crackers and the granola bars. I'll also second starbucksbrew's rec of the rf banana cc cake.

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                  ad.mich Jan 12, 2009 07:43 AM

                  Top Pot Apple Fritters (if you get them fresh) are pretty freaking awesome. Not as good as if you were actually at Top Pot in Seattle, but still probably the best thing in the pastry case.

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                  1. re: ad.mich
                    Doh Feb 17, 2009 05:00 AM

                    Those are pretty good, as are the chocolate donuts.

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                    tlegray Jan 12, 2009 10:16 AM

                    I'm not a big fan of their bakery items either.

                    I would spend it on coffee to make at home, travel mug, and/or the chocolate covered coffee beans.

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                      starbucksbrew Jan 12, 2009 10:58 AM

                      As you can see by my screen name, I'm a big fan. These are my favorites:

                      Any flavor frappuccino, but especially the green tea one (it has melon syrup)
                      Green tea latte (hot or cold. ask them to mix it well)
                      Raspberry mocha or raspberry hot chocolate (either one hot or cold)
                      Reduced fat banana chocolate chip cake
                      7 layer magic bar
                      Fudge brownie bites (new)

                      1. steakman55 Jan 12, 2009 02:10 PM

                        2 or 3 cups of coffee should do it.

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                          AngelSanctuary Jan 14, 2009 01:07 PM

                          I love Starbucks but even I will say their food is...uh...subpar...

                          I'll go with the Greentea Frappuccino. I also like their pumpkin spice latte and their hazelnut hot chocolate. Well, I like almost everything but those are the ones I can think of that is not too sweet.

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                            lost squirrel Jan 14, 2009 06:34 PM

                            Sweet but not too sweet? What about a javachip frappucino with an extra shot of espresso?
                            Or a cafe mocha with an extra shot as well. My two favorites, good luck.

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                              spellweaver16 Jan 14, 2009 07:04 PM

                              An americano? It's espresso and water, you can have syrup added to sweeten.

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                                wontonfm Feb 14, 2009 01:41 PM

                                I often find myself in the same situation. I usually buy tea or the packaged nuts if I need a quick snack.


                                1. othervoice Feb 14, 2009 06:38 PM

                                  I'm not a fan of their coffee either. But a vendi hot chocolate with extra whipped cream. Sooooo good. They used to sell a blueberry scone, (maybe with poppyseed?) that was also great. Haven't had one in years though.

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                                    Squint Feb 15, 2009 08:02 PM

                                    You have probably already spent the gift card, but Starbucks usually has the music CD they are featuring for sale. That and a cup of hot chocolate should take care of the $20!

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                                    1. re: Squint
                                      greygarious Feb 16, 2009 06:57 PM

                                      Agreed - they have some good music CDs, and it's worth taking a look at clearance items.

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                                      jujuthomas Feb 16, 2009 09:20 AM

                                      I like their reduced fat blueberry coffee cake, and if you aren't a coffee drinker they have a nice selection of teas. :)

                                      1. Suzy Q Feb 16, 2009 09:56 AM

                                        I would totally spend it on a travel mug. Say what you will about Starbucks, but their travel mugs are fantastic. They also usually have some neat ceramic coffee mugs.

                                        1. wonderflosity Feb 19, 2009 06:41 PM

                                          Their new cupcakes are fantastic. The Red Velvet one is spectacular!

                                          I also am a big fan of just a plain non fat latte, or soy latte, or my new indulgent favorite, a half-sweet soy caramel Macchiatto!

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                                          1. re: wonderflosity
                                            jujuthomas Feb 20, 2009 05:33 AM

                                            what is half sweet, wonder? thanks!

                                            1. re: jujuthomas
                                              momof3 Feb 20, 2009 03:49 PM

                                              Half the amount of syrup "pumps" for example a grande vanilla latte would have 4 pumps of vanilla syrup, a half-sweet grande vanilla latte would have only 2 pumps of vanilla.

                                          2. sweethunibabi Feb 20, 2009 06:05 PM

                                            I always get a triple grande, no foam, skinny vanilla latte.

                                            Costs me $4.15 and it is my absolute favorite. You can get a regular vanilla latte if you don't like skim milk and sugar free syrup :)

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                                            1. re: sweethunibabi
                                              im hungry Feb 21, 2009 05:27 AM

                                              last year our flight from portugal to newark got bumped,so we missed our connecting flight.anyways theres 7 people in our crew,5 people decided to drive home,so my wife and i got all of the food coupons for the airport,like 250$ worth,we eat as much as we could,but it didnt cover drinks,beers were 10$ and margaritas were 15,crazy.anyways we ended up at starbucks with 150 in coupons,i think we got 8 pounds of coffee,a couple mugs,tea,bottles of water,a cd,cookies,etc.im all set with starbucks coffee for awhile now.

                                            2. Midlife Feb 24, 2009 10:19 PM

                                              Starbucks sells one of the best quality thermos bottles we've ever used for something like $25...... sometimes a slow-selling color is on sale for $20. Problem solved and you don't have to worry about what to drink. (I guess they call it a 'thermal' bottle because it's not made by Thermos.) This thing has kept coffee hot for 12 hours easy.

                                              1. Jetgirly Mar 1, 2009 05:10 PM

                                                I'm a teacher so I get lots of Starbucks cards as gifts around the holidays. I use them for mugs. Then I bring the mugs to school and drink my own tea in them.

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